The New England Journal of Medicine published commentary authored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the underutilization of addiction medications and efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to encourage their use. “The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths, and describes a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially life-saving medications. The commentary also discusses how medications can be used in combination with behavior therapies to help drug users recover and remain drug-free, and use of data-driven tracking to monitor program progress.”
To read the commentary, click here.
To read the press release, click here.
To read the NASADAD’s one-page consensus statement on the use of medications, click here.